2019 Annual Conference - Geelong - 4th-6th September 


12/09/2018 to 14/09/2018

We are proud to present the program and registration for the 22nd Anniversary Conference & AGM - Forging Stronger Relationships to be held at both the Cable Beach Club Resort in Broome, Port of Pearls, from 12th to 14th September 2018. 

This year's event is proudly sponsored by Tourism Western Australia and Cruise Broome. Once again, we have secured outstanding speakers with a real capacity to influence deployments, destination growth and economic dispersal.

We look forward to welcoming Sture Myrmell (Carnival Australia), Capt. Mike Drake (P&O Australia) and Mike Gallacher (Ports Australia) to start our line-up. We also have some exciting additional cruise line executives to be announced in the coming weeks. 

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With the assistance of local experts presenting and participating in workshops and panels, these reputable keynote speakers will focus on the opportunities, challenges and brand diversity in the Australian market, partnership programs and explore current topics such as engaging with communities and considering capacity and environmental footprints. 

The conference program will deliver insights into all areas of the market and provide robust discussion on the future pathways of an industry that continues to grow at an enormous pace.

With the level of new builds on the order books, our desination needs to plan for the future through infrastructure and sound sector development.  The networking opportunities for delegates is essential for a unified approach to cruise in Australia.

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Sponsored by Tourism WA and Cruise Broome

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06/09/2017 to 08/09/2017

We are proud to present the program and registration for the 21st Anniversary Conference & AGM "Together Towards Tomorrow" to be held in Mooloolaba, Queensland from 6 to 8 September 2017. 

This year's event is proudly sponsored by Visit Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council and Tourism and Events Queensland.

With a stong focus on the future of cruising in our region, we are thrilled to announce a formidable line up of keynote speakers.

We look forward to welcoming:

  • Steve Odell (SVP and MD Asia Pacific, Norwegian Cruise Line)
  • Matt Grimes (ED Itinerary Planning, Nautical & Technical Operations, Viking Cruises)
  • Sarina Bratton (Chairman Asia Pacific, Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions)
  • Tammy Marshall (Founder, The BHive)

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07/09/2016 to 09/09/2016

We are proud to present the program and registration for the 20th Anniversary Conference & AGM "20 years - Our People, Our Passion, Our Success" to be held at the Four Seasons in Sydney from 7th to 9th September 2016. 

This year's event is proudly sponsored by Port Authority NSW and Destination NSW. This year our conference is thrilled to announce a formidable line up of keynote speakers.

We look forward to welcoming:

  • Edie Rodriguez (President and CEO of Crystal Cruises)
  • Bruce Anderson (Principal of Starcrest Consulting Group)
  • Sally MacMillan (Cruise-travel/lifestyle writer, Fairfax)

With the assistance of local experts presenting and participating in workshops and panels, these reputable keynote speakers will discuss the opportunities and scope the landscape for the next twenty years of cruise in Australia and surrounding regions.  The conference program will explore a range of topics including: State of the Industry, Luxury Cruising, Destination Development, Environmental Regulations and impacts of infrastructure, Port Developments, Benchmarking Australia to International destinations.

The key industry conference will offer you the opportunity to further your knowledge of the industry and gain a first-hand understanding of this continuously expanding market. It will also provide the opportunity for you to network with cruise industry colleagues and extend your contact base.

The Australian Cruise Association extends a warm invitation to both our members and non-members to attend the Australian Cruise Association 2016 Conference and AGM.

If you are really serious about expanding your cruise business and wish to gain an understanding of future trends, itinerary planning, contracts, infrastructure, revenues, marketing and much more, then read on and register today.

Speaker Presentations:

02/09/2015 to 04/09/2015

The 2015 Cruise Down Under Conference titled “Uniting Australia’s Cruise Future” was held from the 2nd - 4th September at the Hilton Darwin, Northern Territory.

A record number of speakers were announced for the conference including; Claudius Docekal, Director, Deployment, Destinations & Charter Sales, Azamara Club Cruises, Dwain Wall, COO, Rich Pruitt, Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Darius Mehta, Director Land Programs, Silversea and Michael Hackman, Executive Vice President, Marine Operations & New Ship Building, Star Cruises.

Carnival Australia joined a number of local experts in both plenary and workshop sessions over 2 ½ days.

The program explored a range of topics including:-

  • State of the Industry, Emerging Markets (including China) and Passenger Mix
  • The Destination, Itineraries and Land Programs
  • Ports and the Environmental Footprint of Cruises
  • Logistics, Supplies and Provisions

The conference was sponsored by Tourism NT, Darwin Port Corporation and Tourism Top End, and was one of the strongest programs delivered to date and introduced discussions on broader topics such as environmental, logistics and supply impacts of the burgeoning industry.

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03/09/2014 to 05/09/2014

The 18th Annual 2014 Cruise Down Under Conference “Beyond gateway ports – Navigating new destinations” sponsored by Tourism Western Australia, Fremantle Ports, City of Fremantle and Experience Perth was held from 3-5 September in Perth.

The list of keynote speakers secured for our conference was again outstanding. We welcomed Crystal Morgan from Princess Cruises, Colleen Crisp from Fred Olsen Line and Steven Young, from Carnival UK. These reputable speakers addressed the current industry trends and discussed the future developments beyond the traditional gateway ports. A range of local experts complemented the program in panel and workshop sessions. 

The key industry conference offered both members and non members the opportunity to further their knowledge of the industry and gain a first-hand understanding of this continuously expanding market. It also provided the opportunity to network with cruise industry colleagues and extend contacts.  

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11/09/2013 to 13/09/2013

The 2013 Cruise Down Under Conference was held on the 11th-13th September in Cairns and continues to be the key cruise industry event in Australia.

Three keynote speakers presented at the conference titled "Cruising ahead in a competitive environment".

John Tercek, Vice President, Commercial and New Business Development for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ellen Lynch, Director Excursions for Holland America Line and Sarina Bratton, Founder of Orion Expedition Cruises and Entreprenuer provided insights into how we can continue to deliver and expand in a competitive market.

The conference, spronsored by Tourism Queensland, Ports North and Tourism Tropical North Queensland, included a range of plenary sessionas as well as workshops and industry gatherings.

The conference was open to members and non members of CDU and offered the opportunity to further their knowledge of the industry and meet key cruise executives.

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29/08/2012 to 31/08/2012

The 2012 conference, titled "Connecting Experiences - from ship to shore", was held in Hobart at the Hotel Grand Chancellor from the 29th-31st August.

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24/08/2011 to 26/08/2011

The 2011 conference, titled "Getting Regions Onboard", was held in Newcastle from the 24th-26th August.  

Capt. Cees Deelstra, Vice President Nautical Operations for Holland America Line, David Vass, Vice President Destination and Enrichment Programs for The World and Gavin Smith, Managing Director for Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia, presented the keynote speeches.

The conference had a global, national and regional focus that discussed the current cruise shipping trends and the effects on our growing cruise sector.

The conference was sponsored by Cruise Hunter and Tourism NSW.

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25/08/2010 to 27/08/2010

The 2010 Conference, held in Brisbane from the 25th-27th August was a great success with a record number of 119 delegates attending.

Keynote guest speakers included Bruce Krumrine (Princess Cruises), Craig Milan (Royal Caribbean Cruises) and Lisa Bolton (Aurora Expeditions).

The event was sponsored by Tourism Queensland, Portside Wharf and Brisbane Marketing.

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26/08/2009 to 28/08/2009

The 2009 Cruise Down Under Conference was held from the 26th - 28th August at the Stamford Grand Hotel, Adelaide.

95 delegates from Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Guest speakers from around the wold looked at the future of the industry, tourism product and port infrastructure.

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